Are Dental Sealants the Answer to Your Tooth Problems?

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Dental sealants are thin coatings of plastic resin painted onto the vulnerable chewing surfaces of molars and premolars to prevent tooth decay. A teeth sealant works by bonding to the grooves and small depressions in the tooth enamel to seal teeth away from food and plaque. Brushing and flossing remove larger food particles and plaque from the smooth and flat surfaces of teeth, but they can’t reach all the tiny, irregular grooves on the surfaces of back teeth. Dental sealants create a shield that prevents cavities from forming.

Who Should Get a Teeth Sealant?

A child or teen who is vulnerable to decay in the grooves and depressions of his or her molars and premolars is a perfect candidate for a teeth sealant. Applying a sealant to permanent teeth as soon as they emerge can help protect them during the cavity-prone ages of six to 14. Baby teeth can also be treated with sealants. Although they are temporary, they are important for holding the appropriate amount of space for permanent teeth. Adults who don’t have decay or fillings in their molars are also candidates.

The Process of Applying Dental Sealants

Your dentist or hygienist can apply a teeth sealant. The process is easy, fast, and pain-free.

  • First, the teeth are cleaned thoroughly.
  • Each tooth is dried and shielded from moisture.
  • A mild acid solution is applied to roughen the surfaces of teeth. This helps the sealant bond easily.
  • Teeth are rinsed and then dried.
  • The sealant is brushed onto the enamel, where it bonds and hardens. A curing light may assist in the bonding process.

Sealants Can Seal Teeth for a Decade

Sealants can last for up to ten years. Your dentist will check them for everyday wear and chipping during your dental exams. If your sealant becomes damaged, it can be replaced as needed. Many dental plans cover sealants. Check with your insurance company to be sure.

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